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This guide is a copyright and 508/ADA compliance resource for APUS faculty and students.

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Keep up-to-date on current issues regarding intellectual property law!


Welcome to the APUS Copyright Campus Guide

APUS faculty, students, and employees must comply with U.S. Copyright Law. Members of the APUS community are required to familiarize themselves with the APUS Copyright Campus Guide.

This guide is designed to provide general information about copyright to APUS faculty and students. It does not constitute legal advice nor is it intended to replace the advice of legal counsel.

The links to third party sites in this guide are provided for your convenience.  APUS does not take responsibility for the content of these sites.

The guide includes information on:               

The Basics

  • Copyright
  • Fair Use
  • Public Domain
  • Books, Journals, and Websites
  • Creative Commons
  • Images
  • Audio and Video Recordings


How do I...?

  • Obtain a Copyright
  • Obtain Copyright Permission
  • Request a Copyright Compliance Review


If you have a question about a specific copyright issue not addressed by this guide, we encourage you to seek further advice. Please see the “Contact Us” section for assistance.

Copyright Checklist

Please use the following as a basic guide for APUS' best practices regarding copyright and 508 compliance in our classrooms:

Can I Use That Picture?

The following handout is a helpful guide for deciding whether or not you should use an image in you classroom. Remember: if you are in doubt, email with any questions.


Resources for General Information on US Copyright Law

Senior Educational Materials Specialist: Copyright & 508 Compliance

Education Materials Specialist: Copyright & 508 Compliance